Rami Malek wins Oscar for playing Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody

Rami Malek received universal high praise for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury. Bohemian Rhapsody wins four academy awards which includes Best Actor and Best Film Editing.

Rami Malek wins Oscar for playing Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody Rami Malek wins Oscar for playing Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody Source : Splash

Rami Malek won the Best Actor Award for playing Freddie Mercury in legendary singer's biopic Bohemian Rhapsody at 91st Academy Awards. Bohemian Rhapsody won four awards from five nominations-Best Actor, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing only to miss out on Best Picture which went to Green Book.

Bryan Singer and Dexter Fletcher directed musical Bohemian Rhapsody has also broken many records in Box Office. Against a production budget of $52 million, it grossed a total of $860.9 million to become the highest grossing biopic as well as musical-biopic of all time by surpassing Straight Outta Compton.

Rami Malek made use of every sinew in his body to portray the rock star exuberance of arguably the greatest singer of his generation, Freddie Mercury. Rami Malek won everyone's heart with his performance but even he couldn't save the film from the trappings of dramatic circumventions in the screenplay of Anthony McCarten. The nominations in Best Actor category include Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Viggo Mortensen and Willem Dafoe. To beat the actors of their caliber is testimony of the magnitude of Malek's historic performance which will be remembered for a very long time.

Composer and Editor John Ottman received the Oscar for Best Film Editing. Ottman has been a long time collaborator with director Bryan Singer including his famous neo-noir mystery The Usual Suspects and Marvel's X-Men series. A biopic film has a plethora to choose from and for someone as popular as Freddie, there are multitudinous anecdotes about his personal and professional life, all of which seem just as influential that make up his larger-than-life aura so what is kept and what is left is a tight-rope situation that filmmakers faced and on those decisions rests the success of the biopic. Writer Anthony McCarten focuses on ‘life-changing' events in Freddie's life that were exuding with drama and energy which Ottman uses to create moments--brief, beautiful and brilliant.

Ottman liberally uses fast cutting to create a jumpy, discontinuous narrative but this is what that allows him to focus on core themes and that anchors the course of Freddie's journey. Also, it pushes the pace and keeps an average viewer away from looking at their smartphone to provide a more entertaining, and loud, if not a subtle film. None of the other nominations in film editing category-BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, Green Book and Vice particularly stand out when judged next to Bohemian Rhapsody which is more creative and stylistic than its competitors. Ottman has definitely impressed the academy and earned his award.

It comes as no surprise that Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing award was also won by Bohemian Rhapsody. Marvel's Black Panther in Sound Editing and Bradley Cooper's A Star Is Born in Sound Mixing were worth a shout but the fantastic fanfare version of 20th Century Fox intro track gave a glimpse of what was to come was destined to blast its competition especially when it came to technical sound.


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